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Biofilms and stream restoration.

As we explain in the all about biofilms section, stream biofilms play key roles in primary production, cycling of nutrients, water quality remediation, suspended sediment removal, and energy flow to higher tropic levels within a stream ecosystem. Understanding the process and implication of change in these biofilms is therefore critical to stream restoration attempts.

The aim of this part of the project is to establish the nature and magnitude of biofilm response to specific controlled changes in stream conditions—specifically, light, flow, dissolved organic carbon, and stormwater derived contaminants. By specifically testing the response of stream biofilms to those different stream conditions, we will then try to help developing restoration strategies.

Our recommendations on stream restoration are described in our report Microbial biofilms and Stream Restoration. This report is available in hard copy, please contact us for more details.

 

 

 

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The University of Auckland
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